|“She wanted to write but the 15 pound cat had other ideas.” – sketch by Donelle Lacy|
Happy Monday, Dear Readers. November is a crazy month for me. I’m juggling National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo to its fans) with a hectic journalism schedule, kickboxing, and holiday shopping. Case in point: I’m writing this blog post at one in the morning, right after finishing a journalism article.
But even though I’m gonna need a vacation after this, November has already been a pretty amazing month. Check it out….
1) Almost famous. There’s a very talented artist on Twitter who is doing a different version of NaNoWriMo. Novsketch requires her to complete a certain amount of drawings during the month. She’s been taking her inspiration from Twitter and lines in novels she loves. So far, her sketches have mostly been tributes to the famous, so imagine my surprise when she chose one of my tweets to illustrate. My very first fan art! What I said on Twitter and the resulting sketch can be seen above. I walked on air for the rest of the weekend.
2) Cat Heaven. For me, this really would be heaven. What an incredible story. Thanks to Lorraine James for sharing it.
3) Petjeeja Or Meekhun: Known as The Girl Who Fights Boys, this muay thai warrior is a force to be reckoned with, and she’s only 11 years old! I love to see female athletes break down stereotypes, and Petjeeja has been doing that with a vengeance. To see her in action, click here (if it’s too long a clip for you, just watch her end the fight) or click here to see her show off for a crowd. Unbelievable!
4) The Kickboxer Lives. On the other end of the age spectrum is Jean-Claude Van Damme. This incredible Volvo commercial shows that at age fifty-three, Van Damme is still in mind-boggling shape. Which is especially nice since I keep seeing twenty-five-year-olds whine that their bodies are deteriorating. If you haven’t seen this yet, you have to watch it–it’s truly incredible and inspiring. There is a story going around the net that, while this is a real stunt, Van Damme wasn’t in any danger because he was supported by safety lines that would have protected him if things went wrong. To that I say–who cares? The commercial was done in one take, and this was Van Damme’s first take. If you ask me, that he can do this at all is the point, not the fact that his life wasn’t in jeopardy.
5) Chaise Cafe. If you live in Winnipeg, I recommend this extraordinary restaurant. The food is incredible, the service is friendly, and the prices are beyond reasonable. Whether you want an epic brunch, an exquisite cheese platter, or the best poutine in the city (swoon!), this is the place. It’s become the site of our writer’s meetings from now until the end of time, and we even made a new writer friend there (hello, Dawné!). Definitely worth the trip.
That’s it for the week. What’s making you happy?